Cancer Currents for May 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Request for Nominees for the V Scholar Award

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has once again invited the Cancer Center to nominate one junior faculty member for a V Scholar Award. These two-year awards pay $100,000 per year, but do not allow indirect costs. Eligible candidates must:

  • Demonstrate expertise in their designated areas of research
  • Have competed at least two years of fellowship training
  • Hold a tenure-track faculty position
  • Be within five years of first joining the faculty as instructor or assistant professor
  • Be no more than ten years removed from receiving their terminal degree

Investigators who have secured their own R01 funding are not eligible. Investigators with institutional or K08 awards are eligible. The Cancer Center nominee will be selected by vote of the Cancer Research Committee. Interested and eligible investigators should submit an abstract of their proposed work, their biosketch, and a letter/email of support from a senior faculty nominator by email to Charles Mason on or before May 7, 2010.

New Manchester Friends Coordinator

Photo: Christine Pariseau Telge

The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center is pleased to announce that Christine Pariseau Telge has accepted the newly-created position of the Friends' Manchester Coordinator.?Christine has volunteered for the Manchester Friends for the past year helping to create local awareness for the Cancer Center, and developing fundraising ideas which have included events such as the annual Alliance Against Cancer 5K road race. Christine is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, and earned her JD degree from Franklin Pierce Law School. A life-long resident of Manchester, she has been an integral part of many local, non-profit organizations and an active member of the community.

Integrative Biology Symposium Poster Session Winners Announced

The Integrative Biology Symposium on Clinical and Translational Science was held on April 27-28, 2010, with 135 attendees, and 39 posters presented. Below are the top three posters. A list of all the posters presented at the Symposium can be found here.

  • "Functional Brain Network Parameters Correlate with Aerobic Capacity," by Jeremy Huckins; Brian Bosche; Todd Heatherton, PhD; and William Kelley, PhD.
  • "The Developing Microbiome: Early vs. Late Enteral Feeding in the Very Low Birth Weight Infant," by Nisha Jambulingam; Juliette Madan, MD, MS; Deepti Saxena, PhD; Lisa Davidson; Richard Cowper-Sallari, MA; Mitch Sogin, PhD; Jason Moore, PhD; Patricia Hibbard, MD, PhD; William Edwards, MD; George O'Toole, PhD; and Paul Polumbo, MD.
  • "Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at Bates College," by Nate Johnson, and Lee Abrahamsen, PhD, from the Biological Chemistry Program at Bates College.
Are You Using the Correct Cancer Center Logo?

Norris Cotton Cancer Center Logo

The Cancer Center logo was recently updated by adding an additional stripe to reflect the strength of our commitment to our community partnerships, along with our other pillars of research, patient care, and education. (Find out more about what the logo represents.) However, many people are still using the old logo. Please take a moment to update your files with the new logo, which you can download from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Brand Guidelines site. While you're there, download our Cancer Center-branded PowerPoint template and letterhead.

St. Johnsbury's Fourth Annual Help Fight Cancer Day

Norris Cotton Cancer Center ? North will be holding their Fourth Annual Help Fight Cancer Day on Saturday, May 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Festivities will include a live band, book signing by author Galway Kinnell, tours of the Cancer Center, raffles, and events for children and families. For more information, call (802) 473-4100.

CCOPs: New Web-Based Application for Managing Shared Resources

Norris Cotton Cancer Center administers 12 Life Sciences Shared Resources, which offer cutting-edge products and services to Cancer Center investigators. To address problems encountered tracking resource use, billing, and financial management, a centralized database was developed and implemented during 2009 and 2010. The new system, Cancer Center Core Operations (CCOPs), is a web-based application with built-in authorization and uses a role-based system to differentiate administrative users from those requesting services. The application includes many features requested by users and administrators, including ordering, data delivery, internal and external billing, and tracking resource use.?Currently there are 200 principle investigators, 900 users, and 75 administrators using the system. For more information about using CCOPs yourself, contact Stephen Bobin or Tom Caldwell.

Join Us On Facebook

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The Norris Cotton Cancer Center community on Facebook is growing! Come join the conversation:

Palliative Care Peer Observership Program for Clinical Colleagues in Northern New England

The Palliative Care Program is offering a Peer Observership Program to support visiting clinicians in further developing their expertise in specific aspects of palliative care, including: advanced pain and symptom management; communication strategies and approaches to psychosocial and spiritual counseling; and decision-making support for patients and families confronting difficult treatment options.

The program is being offered seven months of the year in one- or two-week blocks extending over a two-year period from September 21, 2010 to June 1, 2012. A maximum of two clinicians will be accepted into the program at any one time. Due to generous support from Jane's Trust, there are no tuition fees for this educational program. Capacity is limited. Early application is encouraged. More information.

Bald is Beautiful at the Kingsbury Pavilion

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On May 1, Norris Cotton Cancer Center ? Keene at the Kingsbury Pavilion will be holding their annual Bald is Beautiful fundraiser. Bald is Beautiful brings together members of the community and hospital staff to have their heads shaved to honor patients with cancer, and if a participant has ten or more inches of hair, it will be donated to Locks of Love to be created into a wig for pediatric patients. In 2009, the event raised $30,000 for the Kingsbury Pavilion Cancer Patient Relief Fund, which helps patients with cancer pay bills for daily living expenses.

Other Upcoming Events
  • Eat Well, Live Well: Cancer Survivor's Day (May 23, 2010)
  • James J. Carroll Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Prevention and Control: "Cancer Screening, Primary Care, and the Next Ten Years" (May 27, 2010)
Eagle-i: Enhancing Collaboration Across the Biomedical Sciences

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Norris Cotton Cancer Center researchers Jason Moore, PhD, and Steve Fiering, PhD, are leading a new NIH-funded project to discover invisible research resources and make them visible. If successful, this NIH-funded study will reduce redundancy and enhance collaboration across the biomedical sciences. The project is being funded by a $15-million grant from the National Institutes of Health through the American Reimbursement and Recovery Act. Dartmouth and eight other funded institutions are collaborating as part of the eagle-i Consortium. Contact Kristine Pattin, PhD, or Suzanne Thompson, PhD, if you are interested in participating.

Patient and Family Resource Library Opening Reception Photo Gallery

Library Books

On April 15, 2010, Patient and Family Support Services, Radiation Oncology, Hematology Oncology, and DHMC's Arts Program hosted a celebratory event to acknowledge Norris Cotton Cancer Center's newly refurbished Patient and Family Resource Library on Level 2 of the Cancer Center. Read more and view the slideshow.

Genomic Instability Symposium a Success

The Genomic Instability Symposium that was held in April was a great success. A total of 61 people registered for the symposium from institutions including Tufts, the University of Vermont, The Jackson Laboratory, UMass Medical School, and the Cancer Center and Dartmouth.

Duane Compton, PhD, who organized the event, said, "It was a highly interactive symposium that provided a great forum for investigators at these different locations to exchange ideas about genome instability and how it contributes to cancer. The breadth of expertise of these investigators was displayed with talks ranging from protein crystallography to celllular response to DNA damage to experiments in animal models. There was a strong sentiment by everyone that this group should hold meetings on a regular basis to support their unified goal of understanding the molecular basis of genome instability."

-Mark Israel, MD